Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Organization (CIPO) is an Indigenous Peoples (IP)-led and managed organization that combines the best knowledge of IPs and Cambodian society with the ability to creatively respond to the needs for support from the IPs in Cambodia. Since it established in 30 June 2014, CIPO has been playing unique roles in facilitate the Cambodian IPs to take charge on their culture and tradition and their customary rights to land and natural resources in their community. By December 2020, CIPO achieved a remarkable milestone of fruitfully completed its first five-year strategic plan’s implementation (2016-2020). The results of the evaluation of the its first SP confirmed that the CIPO programs were inter-connected and responded to the priority needs of the indigenous communities (ICs) for conserving identity, culture, customary and tradition; securing land territory; and improving living condition.
CIPO has a strong belief that the indigenous peoples (IP), who have an in-depth understanding of the local context, can work effectively (with relevant partners/stakeholders) to make real and sustainable changes to the IPs society. Co-founded by a woman who is Bunong’s ethnic1 from Mondulkiri province, CIPO is a totally IP-led and managed organization that combines the best knowledge of IPs (locally and internationally) and Cambodian society with the ability to creatively respond to the needs for support from the IPs in Cambodia.
Strengthen livelihood of the indigenous communities (ICs)
Develop Indigenous peoples center and data
Establishment Of IPs Networks And Strengthening Collaboration
CIPO takes critical roles to work with other CSOs to strengthen networks and representational roles of the ICs at local, national, and international levels. Over the past five-years, CIPO has been engaging with the wide networks including the Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Alliance (CIPA)2 , the Cambodia Indigenous Women Working Group (CIWWG)3 , the Mondulkiri Indigenous Peoples Network (MIPN)4 , Indigenous Community Volunteers (ICV)5 , the Working Group to Lead and
Conserve identity and culture of the IPs
Together for Indigenous Peoples.
We value equitable relationships regardless of culture/tradition, ethnicity, status, hierarchy, gender, age, political trend, or background.
We value intergrity and we believe in holding ourselves accountable to all stakeholders.
We value solidarity and w sacrifice for common spirit, collective benefits, and commitment to develop and sustain the IP community.
Who we work with?
Civil society organizations
Sub-national administrations and institutions and departments of the government
Development Partners (includes UN agencies and embassies)
Traditional Clothes of Indigenous Peoples in Cambodia
CIPO is an Indigenous Peoples (IPs)-led organization that combines the best knowledge of IP and Cambodian society context with the ability to creatively respond to the needs, for supports, of the IPs in Cambodia.
CIPO wants to see IPs have self-determination on development and conservation within the multi-cultural society of Cambodia.
CIPO exists to strengthen the capacity and support the strategic initiative of the IPs in land and natural resources management, conservation of identity and culture, and socio/economic development.
CIPO’s goal is IPs have solidarity and participate in land and natural resources management, conservation of identity and culture, and socio/economic development.
Reporting will be conducted in a variety of ways according to the stakeholders concerned. Quarterly reports are prepared for the Board and relevant government departments. The organization produces an Annual Report for relevant stakeholders. Audits and donor reports are produced as required.
Ms. Nhoch Seeyean is a Tampuan Indigenous woman from Loan village, within the Northeastern province of
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